Don't read the book, watch the movie. Unlike the book, the movie focuses on Larry, the charming, witty guy who is not to be satisfied with life plan that is on offer. It is his pinning for some sense and simple, deep life that keeps me attracted to the movie. I have seen it after some 15 years with a little worry. Why? Because I found it so brilliant in my early years and I was afraid of finding it too naive now when I digested some life experience of my own. And? Yes, I did find it naive and romantic. But what the heck. It still appeals. Bill Murray is fantastic. Razor's Edge, Groundhog Day, Lost in Translation .... a superb trilogy with the same leitmotiv.